Viola odorata

Scientific name: Viola odorata


Common names: “Violets” “sweet violet” “English violet” “florist’s violet” “garden violet” “March violet” “sweet pansy”

Plant Type: Evergreen perennial


Zone: 3-6

Light: Full sun – deep shade

Exposure: Sheltered or exposed

Soil: Average – any

Moisture: Moist well drained


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Plant Size: H 2-4″ W ∞ infinite spread

Leaf and Stem shape: Loose mat of heart-shaped leavesImage result for viola odorata

Flower: Fragrant violet or white flowers

Maintenance: Low-zero, flowers can be deadheaded to extend bloom

Landscape use: Woodland groundcover, wildflower meadow, shrub underplanting

Propagate: By seed and division

Pests & Disease: Generally healthy

Comments: Edible flowers, highly aggressive, will spread throughout the entire garden and even into the lawn, typical garden thug, if you plant this you will never get rid of it, sends stolons everywhere and chokes out delicate plants, very effective groundcover

Cultivars: ~AGM winner: V. o. ‘Wellsiana’

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